Online Workshops

Learn with Julie Schumer: New Online Expressive Painting Workshops 

Learn at your own pace, in your own space, with Julie Schumer.  Because of the need to forego “in person” workshops for the time being, we are cancelling the remainder of the 2020 workshops. Instead, we are developing online workshops!

Designed for all skill levels, the courses are divided into modules by topic, and include video discussions and demonstrations as well as pdf downloads full of practical information.  In the privacy of your own studio, Julie encourages you to experiment with new tools and exercises to free your creativity and cultivate your own artistic voice, without self-conscious judgment and fear of failure. Following are courses that we are offering now and in the near future. 

“Dive Into Abstract Painting: Exploring Fundamentals”

This 6 week online course is perfect for beginners who feel lost, overwhelmed and fearful about starting or resuming their creative practice after a long absence or for painters with some experience but who feel stuck and want to shake things up with new ideas.

Together we explore what basic materials to have on hand, setting up your studio, how to get and stay loose, finding your artistic voice, and certain of the elements of abstract painting including color value, mark making, and composition, as well as various ways to start and move through a painting to the end.

Our focus is on you learning to trust your creative intelligence, which will lead to you to approach your painting practice with confidence and joy.

Current session is filled. The next workshop offering is October.

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About The Instructor

Julie Schumer is a self-taught artist.  Her work is shown in galleries across the United States and is in many private collections.  She lives and works in Santa Fe, NM and since 2014 has been teaching expressive painting workshops.

“Dive Into Abstract Painting: Exploring Mark Making”

Find and develop your own unique expressive marks and painting vocabulary in this abstract acrylic painting workshop.  Learn about a variety of painting and drawing tools, both conventional and unconventional, discover your own signature marks and how to communicate through them in your work.  Create depth by layering marks with paint.  Learn how to use marks to energize your work with contrast and value.  You will be working on either paper or canvas with acrylic paint and different kinds of drawing tools such as charcoals, graphites, Stabilo Woody pencils, art crayons, pastels, and the like.

Registration for the course is now available!

About The Instructor

Julie Schumer is a self-taught artist.  Her work is shown in galleries across the United States and is in many private collections.  She lives and works in Santa Fe, NM and in the past several years began teaching loosening up painting workshops.

“Boldly Abstract”

Through a series of guided exercises we will cover composition, color, value and how to work on multiples at the same time. Find your own signature with different mark making tools and learn how your marks enliven your paintings. You will learn how to harmonize any palette, move from analysis paralysis to painting success and to trust your artistic choices. 

We also share our extensive knowledge of the art business with you, covering such topics as the mechanics of running your own art business, applying to galleries, staying organized and juggling social media and marketing, as well as the ins and outs of participation in art fairs.

About The Instructors

Julie Schumer is a self-taught artist.  Her work is shown in galleries across the United States and is in many private collections.  She lives and works in Santa Fe, NM and in the past several years began teaching loosening up painting workshops.

Cat Tesla is an award winning international artist with gallery representation in the U.S. and U.K.  She provides a unique perspective to abstract painting in a supportive environment.  Formerly a genetic counselor, she has been a professional artist for 22 years.

“The Business of Art”

This course shows artists how to eliminate the chaos and confusion of turning your art into a business and stop feeling like an impostor and more like a valid professional artist by systematically building not only the proper mindset but also a successful business around your art.

Led by Cat Tesla and Julie Schumer, you’ll be learning from two seasoned professional artists combining decades of experience into one course! If you’ve always wanted to be a professional artist, there’s no better time to invest in yourself than now.

About The Instructors

Julie Schumer is a self-taught artist.  Her work is shown in galleries across the United States and is in many private collections.  She lives and works in Santa Fe, NM and in the past several years began teaching loosening up painting workshops.

Cat Tesla is an award winning international artist with gallery representation in the U.S. and U.K.  She provides a unique perspective to abstract painting in a supportive environment.  Formerly a genetic counselor, she has been a professional artist for 22 years.

Custom & Private Workshops

Julie offers custom & private workshops tailored to your individual needs and goals and can base a curriculum based on what you want to accomplish. Schedule your private workshop for a half day, full day (6 hours) or multiple days.    Contact Julie to discuss a workshop for yourself or a small group.  

For the time being, these workshops will only be available via Zoom or a similar video conferencing platform.


Workshop Videos and Testimonials

Participants say:

Every day of the workshop was an eye opener.  After experiencing the tools and techniques, I am confident I now can go paint big.  Great to work in community.  It is great benefit to have two teaches each with their own unique perspectives. 
-A Rogone

I LOVED Julie’s 2 day “Paint Big, Paint Loose” class in her Santa Fe studio.  Julie had prepared me in advance not to expect any masterpieces nor any finished paintings.  Having this expectation prior to arriving at class allowed me just to play, experiment, move big and have fun.  And have fun I did have.  The exercises, some of which I had never done, were enjoyable as was the free painting time.  Julie was generous with her expertise, supplies and encouragement and gentle in giving suggestions.  LOVED this class.  Thanks, Julie.  
-Lynne P.

Julie’s workshops are amazing.  She helps you unlock your spark and push past your boundaries into new territory.  Loved every minute.
-Diane Semper

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Looking down from the balcony

Julie’s workshop was informative, inspiring, and helped build my confidence and momentum–which was exactly what I needed.
I enjoyed learning the loosening up techniques to help get started when faced with a blank canvas and not sure where/how to start; and also had fun exploring with new paint and drawing tools that produced surprisingly great results. The walking tour of galleries, experimenting with color and painting large were additional highlights of the weekend. Julie is a wonderful guide, a gracious host and very generous in sharing her extensive knowledge. I loved getting wild and re-igniting my creative spirit. Look forward to taking another workshop soon!
-Rose H. Faissal

I did Julie’s Abstract workshop in May and had the most wonderful time. The space was an artist dream workspace. She introduced us to new tools and new techniques which helped push me to explore my art making in a new way.
Julie was an informed and encouraging teacher. And a pleasure to get to know better as I have long been an admirer of her work. I recommend her workshops with highest acclaim!
-Robin Hamaker

“Fortunate indeed are those who take a class from Suzanne Jacquot and Julie Schumer. This is not the usual experience, where there is normally one platform, or one focus. They both have crafted, as a team, new approaches to content: tools, colors, size, composition. Yes, these are the “under layers”, just like any other class you might have taken. But it goes far beyond that.
Meeting you at your level, their skills are intuitive. And this is in a class room with others!! I don’t know how they do it, but I felt as if I was getting individualized instruction. I learned to “build” personalized layers with each day’s class, within myself, and I became confident of my creativity, and how I express it.”


-Sarah O’Hala

“Where the Pavement Ends” was a valuable artistic experience that I would highly recommend. The painting and drawing exercises designed by the instructor are created to benefit artists of all levels.”
-Amy Longcope


“The workshop was a life changing event for my husband and me, who were first time painters. After a few guided exercises, we quickly developed our own styles and gained a feeling for painting. James and Julie’s mentoring approach provided a safe and stress-free environment that allowed us to feel comfortable opening up and letting loose our creative side. We especially enjoyed painting together on the same piece. It was a unique challenge that allowed us to learn how to combine our different styles in a cohesive and collaborative manner.”
-Violeta Hammond

“Where the Pavement Ends” was an experience that I believe has taken my approach to painting to a new level. This experience is comparable
to a spiritual break through for me in the sense that once a realization or understanding happens, it can never be un-learned. I have been
liberated from some old habitual boring patterns that no longer serve me and this workshop experience has added new approaches and spaciousness to my process. Thank you James!”
-Laura Tarnoff